Sock Monkey Roll Brim Hat

Free hat knitting patterns for a funky red roll brim hat. These easy to knit wool hats are great for a beginner knitter. Simply adjust this knifty hand knitted toy hat pattern to make a hat to fit any sized head. Knitting a sock monkey hat has never been so much fun.

Basic Roll Brim Hat Pattern - Sock Monkey Size

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Size 8 needles, worsted yarn.

Cast on 40 stitches.

Stockinette 18 rows.

Row 19: *K2, K2tog... repeat from * to end (30 stitches)
Row 20: Purl
Row 21: *K1, K2tog... repeat from * to end (20 stitches)
Row 22: Purl
Row 23: K2tog along entire row (10 stitches)

Pull thread through remaining 10 stitches.

Attach a pom pom if you'd like.

Roll Brim Hat Pattern - Kid Size

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Size 8 needles. You can use either double pointed needles, circular or straight knitting needles. Worsted yarn.

Cast on 80 stitches.

Stockinette roughly 6 inches.

K Row: *K2tog, K8... repeat from * to end of row (72 stitches)
Purl row.
K Row: *K2tog, k7... repeat from * to end of row (64 stitches)
Purl row.
K row:
*K2tog, k6... repeat from * to end of row (56 stitches)

Continue decreasing every second row until 16 stitches remain and pull thread through remaining stitches.

Attach a pom pom if you'd like.

How To Adjust The Patterns To Fit Any Size Head

  1. You need to know how many stitches you fit in one inch. Don't know? You can test this by casting on 10 stitches and knitting a few rows. Measure how many stitches lay within just one inch. It will change depending on needle size, yarn thickness, so make sure you check by using the yarn and needles you want to use for the hat you are about to make. Example: When I knit with worsted yarn and size 8 needles I fit exactly 4 stitches into one inch.
  2. OK, now measure the head you want the hat to go on. My head is close to 22 inches, so that means in every one of those 22 inches I will fit 4 stitches. So 22" x 4 stitches = 88 stitches I need to cast on.
  3. Now, its best to have a number that is easy to divide into. Makes it easier when it comes to decreasing later on. 88 stitches is easily divided by 11. 8 groups of 11 stitches = 88 stitches in total. So when I start to decrease I will work with 8 groups of 11 stitches. So I will K2tog, K9, K2tog, K9....(K2tog + k9 = 11 stitches) x 8 times.
  4. Lets say you made all the measurements and worked out that you needed to cast on 81 stitches, you'd just round it down to 80 and divide it into 8 groups of 10 when you started to decrease. Starting with k2tog, k8, k2tog, k8...... (k2tog + k8 = 10 stitches)x 8 times.

I did say they were simple directions didn't I, simple if you like math!

Can't be bothered with the numbers, here's a simple guesstimating guide:

Using size 8 needles and estimated sizes:

Toddler: cast on 70
Children: cast on 70-80
Women and Men: cast on 80-100

Other hats made using this basic roll up hat pattern are Rasta Hats

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